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Gerald M. Steinberg is an Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

i academic and political scientist.


Gerald M. Steinberg obtained his doctorate in government from Cornell University, in 1981. M.A. Government Department, Cornell University, 1978. M.Sc. Physics Department, University of California, San Diego, 1975. B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Departments of Physics and Near Eastern Studies, 1973.

Academic and journalism career

Steinberg is a Professor of Political Science
Political science
Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

 at Bar Ilan University and the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. He specializes in international relations
International relations
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, strategy
Strategy, a word of military origin, refers to a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. In military usage strategy is distinct from tactics, which are concerned with the conduct of an engagement, while strategy is concerned with how different engagements are linked...

, arms control
Arms control
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 (including proliferation, the Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

ian nuclear
Nuclear power
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 program, and the NPT regime), regional diplomacy
Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of groups or states...

 and peace process negotiations, "soft power", the politics of human rights
Human rights
Human rights are "commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being." Human rights are thus conceived as universal and egalitarian . These rights may exist as natural rights or as legal rights, in both national...

 and NGOs.

He is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and frequently publishes guest articles in the Financial Times
Financial Times
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, International Herald Tribune
International Herald Tribune
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 and others. He also is an expert analyst for CNN
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The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. NPR was created in 1970, following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting...

 and others.

Civil society activities

Steinberg is founder and president of NGO Monitor
NGO Monitor
NGO Monitor is a non-governmental organization based in Jerusalem, Israel whose stated aim is to generate and distribute critical analysis and reports on the output of the international NGO community for the benefit of government policy makers, journalists, philanthropic organizations and the...

. He has also been a fellow of Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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; member of the Steering Committee of Forum on Antisemitism at the Office of the Prime Minister (Israel); member of the International Academic Board for The Israel Law Review
The Israel Law Review
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and of the Academic Board for Menachem Begin Heritage Center
Menachem Begin Heritage Center
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; Israel Representative at the Mediterranean Seminar Program, Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and participant, “Track two” meetings on the Middle East peace process, and of the Research team at United Nations University Project on Conflict Resolution, Democracy and Peace; Academic Council, Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council and Canadian Institute for Jewish Research; he was a contributor to Israel at the Polls (the peace process and Israel-American relations) 1988-2004.

Steinberg has been a long time critic of the organization Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch
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. Writing in a 2004 Jerusalem Post article he said, "HRW's press statement exposes it as a biased political organization hiding behind the rhetoric of human rights." Later he goes on to accuse HRW of "exploiting the rhetoric of human rights to delegitimize Israel."

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch
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 in turn accused Steinberg of "sleight of hand
Sleight of hand
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" in his reporting of its activities, and of conveniently ignoring its condemnations of Palestinian militant actions and of not mentioning inconvenient facts.

News articles and published articles